Events and Workshops
The Re:Generations Conference 2012
Re:Generations – The Next Generation 2012Mapping New Futures in Dance of the African Diaspora
1-3 November 2012
The Place, London WC1H 9PY
Re:Generations is the UK’s largest gathering of dance artists, researchers, choreographers, teachers and students intending to shape future practice in dance from Africa and its Diaspora. After an exceptional inaugural event in 2010, this year’s conference, The Next Generation – Mapping New Futures, will explore how young people and emerging artists engage with African-influenced dance. The conference includes talks, film screenings, workshops and performances by contributors from the Caribbean, the UK and the U.S.A.
This year’s featured international guests are Germaine Acogny, ‘the mother of contemporary African dance’ and founder of L’école des Sables, Senegal; Kariamu Welsh-Asante, Professor of Dance at Temple University, Philadelphia, USA; and Chris Walker, dancer and choreographer with the National Dance Theatre Company of Jamaica, Assistant Professor of Dance/ Artistic Director of the First Wave Hip Hop Theater Ensemble at University of Wisconin-Madison, USA.
There will be evening performances in the Robin Howard Theatre on November 1st and 2nd featuring Chris Walker’s Urban Fissure, specially remounted for the conference and performed by UK-based young emerging artists. Walker’s work has been presented in the Caribbean, North and South America, South East Asia and Europe.
November 3rd is a day of intermediate level workshops in African-influenced styles.
Hosted at the Place, Re:Generations 2012 is presented by the Association of Dance of the African Diaspora (ADAD) in partnership with IRIE! dance theatre, State of Emergency Productions and London Metropolitan University.
“We believe that it is essential for us to work together and put the full weight of our collective knowledge and expertise behind the task of ensuring that dances and dancers from Africa and its Diaspora continue to grow and thrive both in the UK and internationally.”
(Re:Generations partnership, 2010)
Re:Generations is supported by Arts Council England and the BBC Performing Arts Fund.
Runs 9am – 6pm daily.
The first RE:GENERATIONS conference took place in 2020 where dance artists, writers, academics and audiences explored current research in the field of ‘dance of the African Diaspora’ (sometimes referred to as ‘Black dance’ or ‘African Peoples’ Dance’). The event also provided an opportunity to learn about diverse approaches to education and training in the field and to participate in shaping future practice.
Key-note speaker, Brenda Dixon-Gottschild (Professor emeritus at Temple University, Philadelphia) set the scene for an exciting two days presentations, workshops and performances from UK and International artists. Hosted in the heart of London, the event was a great success and promises to be a highlight on the city’s dance calendar in 2010.